VAT Registration

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Should your company be VAT registered in the UK?

This can be done either by setting up a UK entity, and that entity becomes VAT registered; or your overseas company becomes VAT registered in it’s own name.

Until your UK business reaches the compulsory VAT registration threshold, currently £85,000 (see below) then there is the option to become voluntarily VAT registered in the UK.

Compulsory registration

You must register for VAT in the UK if:

  • your VAT taxable turnover is more than £85,000 (the ‘threshold’) in a 12 month period
  • you receive goods in the UK from the EU worth more than £85,000
  • you expect to go over the threshold in a single 30 day period

UK entities approaching the threshold must make an application to become VAT registered with HMRC. Successful registrations mean there is a requirement to complete and file VAT returns.

As a business, there are certain advantages and disadvantages you may wish to consider when deciding whether or when to become VAT registered.

As part of our pre-advice discussion, we explore whether your entity should become VAT registered, or wait until the turnover reaches the registration threshold.

Get in touch with us to discuss your VAT registration requirements – and find out what it means for your UK business.